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  • Vijay Singh Thakur, Secretary (East) in the MEA said India attaches great importance to the grouping of South and Southeast Asian nations and it is a part of its neighbourhood first policy. "As we are providing and looking for unhindered sea lanes of communication and economic integration of the region, we have to be mindful of the security at sea."

    Congressman Jim Banks stressed that there is a lack of awareness and action by the US against the activities of the JeI. It may be pointed out that JeI leaders in Bangladesh were opposed to independence movement in 1971 and were part of Pakistan Army’s crackdown against innocent civilians in erstwhile East Pakistan.

    It is learnt that the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of India-Bhutan relations, including the security situation in strategic areas. They also held in-depth discussions while having dinner. Dorji, on a week-long visit, will also pay a visit to Bodh Gaya and Rajgir in Bihar on November 19-20, and Kolkata on November 21-22.

    TS Tirumurti, Secretary, Economic Relations (Ministry of External Affairs), said that the Prime Minister announced that India will host a BRICS Digital Health Summit on innovative solutions to healthy lifestyle which will seek to integrate digital technology with healthcare informatics and diagnostics.

    Earlier, the Afghan Embassy to India in a letter to the MEA expressed concerns over the contents of the movie. “…any insensitive/distorted depiction of his character might provoke emotions of Afghans which could be unfairly exploited by others to adversely affect the trust and harmony that exists so well among the people of two countries.”

    In response to comments made by Pakistan on matters internal to India, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We reject the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistan on the judgement of the Supreme Court of India on a civil matter that is completely internal to India. It pertains to the rule of law and equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are not part of their ethos.”

    Secretary (East), MEA, Vijay Thakur Singh said: “In the given circumstances, we believe not joining the agreement is the right decision. This reflects both our assessment of current global situation and of the fairness and balance of the agreement.”

    Prime Minister Modi emphasised the value India attaches to Myanmar's cooperation in ensuring that insurgent groups do not find space to operate across the India-Myanmar border, the release said. Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

    Pragmatism dictates India-Saudi ties. While Delhi needs investment and oil, Riyadh needs new partners.

    While the political debate on the decision to revoke Article 370 has been more or less settled in the rest of India, the hard part begins now in Srinagar. Block development elections have just been conducted in Kashmir, as have Class X board exams in which 99% of 88,832 students appeared. The best way to answer critics is to open access, even if it is controlled.

    “China deplores and firmly opposes that. India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative division challenging China’s sovereignty,” he said. Responding strongly, the MEA in a statement said: “The matter of reorganisation... is entirely an internal affair of India... We expect other countries to respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

    India has given Pakistan a list of 480 pilgrims for the inaugural 'jatha', and is awaiting clearance from Pakistan.

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